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ADVERTORIAL TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION


Rotork introduces a revolutionary wireless valve monitoring concept R


Features of the RI Wireless system include:


• No wires, conduits, cable trays or cabinets. • Accurate position indication with alarm capability, identifying to the control system the exact position of the valve, in percentage of openness (0%-100%) or by exact degree.


• Real-time feedback with 100 milliseconds response time, regardless of the number of devices in the network.


• Simple system scalability; additional sensors installed are auto discovered and become part of the network.


• Self-healing wireless mesh network with dynamic routes enabling flexibility, redundancy and resiliency.


• Diagnostic capabilities for actuated valves in the routine operation. • Certified Zone 1 Intrinsically Safe for hazardous areas. • Lightweight sensor (180 gram). • Full installation, commissioning and site service support • Complete valve adaption service provided by Rotork Valvekits.


The system comprises of a small, battery powered Valve Monitoring Device (VMD) that is installed on existing or new valve actuators using a NAMUR interface, or on manual valves with an ISO 5211 interface. The VMD collects dynamics-of-state data from the actuator or valve and transmits it as a 64-point packet, providing the information required for preventative maintenance.


otork RI Wireless is a revolutionary concept for wireless valve monitoring and diagnostics, offering end users significant cost benefits. The field proven solution delivers capital and operating expenditure reduction, increased safety and increased productivity.


The RI Wireless VMD collects dynamics-of-state data from the actuator or valve and transmits it as a 64-point packet, providing the information required for preventative maintenance.


A network of Valve Device Routers (VDR) transfer the monitoring data from the VMDs on a wireless MESH network to the Tunneling VDR (TVDR), which is the ‘last hop’ VDR that transfers the data to the RI Wireless Gateway, an industrial computer that manages the RI Wireless system. Several TVDRs can be connected to the RI Wireless Gateway via Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) or Internet Protocol (IP) networks. The final element in the structure is the RI Wireless Management System (WMS), a software management tool that provides operational and maintenance data in common industrial standard connections to an HMI, DCS or PLC. The system is programmed and commissioned using a hand-held Operator Device (OD) instrument that provides one-to-one wireless communication with the


VMDs. In addition to supporting installation and configuration, the primary functions of the OD are turning devices on and off and receiving real-time feedback regarding the status of individual VMDs.


ROTORK PLC u 01225 733200 u www.rotork.com Linde Material Handling teams up with robotics specialist Balyo Chief Sales Officer at Linde MH, Christophe


Lautray, said: “Our aim was to extend our range of automation solutions to offer our customers solutions having different levels of complexity. With Balyo we were able to develop materials handling equipment to cooperate exclusively with Linde products so that we can now combine the best of both worlds. “Our plan is to integrate Balyo’s innovative technology into most of our products step by step, whilst utilising synergies in production and sales at the same time.”


Changes in the warehouse, missions or routes can be implemented at any time. The software suite, which connects the trucks to Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software and allows warehouse supervisors to control the robots via an intuitive user interface, ensures the truck is fully integrated in the warehouse environment.


The new robot fleet also comes with a security


solution, which automatically restarts the truck once an obstacle has been removed.


G lobal industrial truck manufacturer, Linde


Material Handling (MH), has partnered with robotics specialist,


Balyo, to develop “Linde


Robotics” providing technological solutions for automated industrial trucks. The robots, automated by Balyo technology, work for standard Linde trucks and do not require navigation infrastructure such as laser reflectors, tracks or magnets.


Instead, they use in-built


autonomous laser-assisted technology to navigate around the warehouse, which relies on structural


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As part of the technology, the warehouse is mapped and the data is converted into a two- dimensional picture. Warehouse routes are defined and robot missions are assigned. The vehicle, equipped with laser, processor unit and digitised map, is then able to locate itself in real time. Unlike other market solutions, the robots analyse their environment and can restart automatically.


features such as walls, racks or columns and allows for quick installation.


CEO of Balyo, Fabien Bardinet, said: “Linde MH is the European market leader in industrial trucks offering great product knowledge and a densely knit consulting and service network. For us, Balyo is the ideal partner to create the most advanced automated trucks to serve best our mutual customers.”


Linde Material Handling u 0845 608 5000 u www.linde.co.uk


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